Searching for hotels in Hamamatsu (Japan) or Hamamatsu accommodation? Hamamatsu is the largest city in Shizuoka, Japan and is an important industrial hub and home to may companies, including Honda Motor Company, Kawai Pianos, Yamaha, Sony, Suzuki Motor Company and Hamamatsu Photonics.
The ethnic diversity here provides the city with a wide array of ethnic stores, restaurants, bars and clubs. You can reach Hamamatsu by plane, train, car and bus. The city centre can be explored on foot, but Hamamatsu is a very large place and other forms of transportation are needed to visit places that are further out of the city. There are car-rental companies available or you can make use of the bus and train systems.
There are many museums, one of which is the Hamamatsu City Museum. It is located on the grounds of a pleasant park, and is dedicated to the history of Hamamatsu and the surrounding area. Exhibits include locally found pre-historic fossils, ancient pottery, old maps and farming and domestic implements up through the Edo era.
The oldest temple, Okuyama Hoko-Ji, is a Zen temple with over sixty halls, which was established in 1377 and is home of the Rinsai Sect, housing three much-revered Buddhas. The best place to see cherry blossoms in spring is Hamamatsu Castle Park. The park is very large with a Japanese garden, a koi pond, a ceremonial teahouse and some commons areas. Hamamatsu Flower Park is beautiful, with many gardens filled with over 3000 types of flowers and over 100,000 plants in all. This park also offers restaurants and a shopping area.
Torch fishing is offered May to October. This method of spear fishing at night is unique to Lake Hamana area. You can rent a boat for up to four people, including an experienced fisherman, who, for a little extra, will catch and cook your fish for you. One of the most famous festivals at Golden Week in early May, is the Hamamatsu Festival and is 450 years old. In what is known as the Takoage Gassen, every neighborhood in the city and some from neighboring cities, design and make their own kites to fly and fight near to the festival grounds. Each kite represents a son born to a family of the neighborhood within the last year. The kite-fighting takes place on the 3rd day of the three day festival and is very entertaining.
There are many fireworks displays in the area and the largest of these is Fukuroi Enshu no Hanabi. This celebration is in early August and is one of the largest fireworks displays in Japan, with over 30,000 fireworks.
The shopping malls available are too many to mention. Visit any of these and you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, be it food, clothing, books, groceries or gift items or anything else that might take your fancy. Restaurants too, are varied and dotted all over the city.
They range from budget through to upscale, expensive restaurants and all offer the visitor a wide range of dishes to choose from. Many pubs and bars have karaoke evenings, which in itself usually ensures you of a good evening’s entertainment. Though most clubs are only open on the weekends, most of them only start getting busy after midnight. If this is what you are looking for, try Emporio Café, Hunters, Klan Klub, Planet Café, Powerhouse or Second, and you are sure to get enough exercise dancing the night away. Nagisa Park Campground offers budget accommodation with barbecue grill rentals, bicycle rentals and sporting facilities. There are many more places that offer budget accommodation, so you are more than likely to find just what you are looking for.
Some of the mid-range hotels available are Hotel LeMonde, Hotel Yonekyu, Maruko Inn, Meitetsu Hotel, Roynet Hotel, to name just a few. The Grand Hotel and the Okura Hotel are two of the upscale hotels for those tourists looking to be thoroughly spoiled.
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